Marrakech Escape – 4 nights at Riad Africa

Based at Riad Africa in the heart of Marrakech medina you’ll have up to 5 days to explore the numerous attractions of Marrakech including the most animated square in the world – Djemaa el Fna.  This great value Marrakech riad package offers a 20% saving compared to buying individual elements and combines a stay at Riad Africa with our most popular day trips and excursions plus a welcome dinner and free airport transfers!

Essentials

Duration 5 days / 4 nights Holiday Starts Marrakech airport
Holiday Type Riad Package Deal Holiday Ends Marrakech airport
Accommodation Central luxurious riad Prices From £213 pp
Operating Season All Year Round Departures Daily

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Marrakech.  Transfer to Riad Africa

On arrival in Marrakech you will be met at Menara airport and transferred to Riad Africa, your accommodation in the heart of Marrakech medina. With palaces and palm groves, rose gardens, and a backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is the capital of the Moroccan South, a cultural crossroads and keeper of tradition and folklore.

After time to settle in the famous souks of Marrakech offer an intoxicating passage to Africa’s most famous meeting place – the huge medieval square of Place Djemaa el Fna. Here at the heart of the old city acrobats and jugglers, snake charmers, beggars, boxers, musicians, fresh juice and food sellers all compete for your attention.

As night falls take a seat in one of the cafes that overlook the square and watch the scene unfold. With the conflicting sounds from musicians and singers, and thousands of tiny white lights illuminating swirling smoke rising from food stalls, expect a night you’ll never forget!  Tonight a tasty home-cooked Moroccan dinner is included at Riad Africa.

4 nights at Riad Africa including breakfast and welcome dinner on first night


Day 2 – Explore Marrakech medina on a half day guided tour

For first time visitors to Marrakech, a great way of getting to grips with this magical city is on a half day guided walking tour of its World Heritage listed medina. The rich history of Marrakech is reflected in its numerous attractions and the wealth of monuments, mosques, museums and palaces this city offers.

The minaret of Koutoubia Mosque is the landmark and emblem of the city and a good start point for a day of sightseeing. Other important quarters within the old city ramparts include Kasbah and Mellah (the Jewish quarter), both in the south and close to the Royal Palaces. Popular attractions include the Saadien Tombs, Palais Badia, the 16th century ruins of the Badi Palace and the Dar Si Said Museum (Museum of Moroccan Arts).

Just north of the souks are the Musee de Marrakech, the impressive Ben Youssef Medersa and the Koubba Ba’ Adyin – the remains of an Almoravid mosque built in 1106. The tanneries are located close to Bab Debbagh gate and are well worth a visit to see how animal skins are processed from start to finish.


Day 3 – Day Trip to the High Atlas Mountains – ‘A Day With The Berbers’


Enjoy an authentic Atlas Mountain experience in a truly spectacular setting in the little-visited Azzaden Valley
 with lunch at Kasbah Africa (a Berber nature lodge built on the slopes of the Azzaden Valley above the river). Leaving the walls of the ‘Red City’ you will travel up into the high valleys of the High Atlas Mountains.

En route to the Atlas you’ll pass through the busy little town of Asni which is a buzz of activity as local Berbers ply to sell their produce and goods (Saturday is market day – a particularly interesting day to visit).  The final stretch of the journey is off-road on a dirt road which twists and turns up through the fertile Azzaden Valley for 6 km.

First you’ll explore Tassa Ouirgane village and it surrounds. You’ll walk to the Azzaden river, learn about the local agriculture and typical village life in a community of only 40 or so families.  You’ll see a demonstration of how local bread is made the traditional way and have chance to sample locally produced organic olive oil, wild thyme and lavender plus yummy organic honey.

After following a local trail through fields and orchards for 3 km you’ll arrive at Kasbah Africa for lunch. From the terrace of Kasbah Africa, under the shade of willow trees, and overlooking the river and Takerkhort Wildlife Reserve you’ll enjoy a home-cooked meal of Moroccan salad or soup, a tasty tagine, fresh seasonal fruits and mint tea.

After lunch there’s time to do some bird spotting (over 150 species of birds are native to the area), enjoy a swim (the pool is unheated so is very fresh in winter!) or laze in a hammock.  Later you’ll experience a traditional Berber tea-making ceremony and then walk to Torort village (15 minutes on foot).  Here just 70 families live in adobe houses on the slopes above the Azzaden river.  After a walk through the village and if possible, a visit to the local school, you’ll meet your vehicle for the drive back to Marrakech.


Day 4 – Tour of the Medina City Walls, Palaces & Gardens by Caleche

Today we include a horse-drawn carriage tour of the city walls and famous gardens of Marrakech. Offering a shady retreat from the mid-day sun with towering palm trees, orchards of fruit and olive trees, pools, fountains and abundant bird life, the gardens of Marrakech are a ‘must-see’.

You’ll have chance to visit the Menara Gardens and beautiful botanical gardens of Majorelle as well as make a tour around the entire city walls.


Day 5 – Transfer to Marrakech Menara Airport

Depending on your flight departure you may have more time to explore the medina further, bargain in the souks or relax in the peaceful surroundings of Riad Africa.

Your ‘Marrakech Escape’ short break ends with a transfer to Marrakech airport.


 

Prices, Departures & Essential Booking Information

 

Package Price (per person)  High Season (Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Xmas & New Year) 

  •  Africa Safari Room – £274 twin/double, £234 triple, £213 quad
  •  Africa River Room – £298 twin/double
  •  Junior Suite – £346 twin/double, £282 triple, £249 quad

 Rest of Year

  •  Africa Safari Room – £306 twin/double, £255 triple, £229 quad
  •  Africa River Room – £330 twin/double
  •  Junior Suite – £394 twin/double, £314 triple, £273 quad
Included
  • Met by chauffeur at Marrakech airport & private transfer
  • 4 nights accommodation at Riad Africa with breakfast & taxes
  • Choose either a Standard Safari Room, Superior River Room or Super Junior Suite
  • Welcome dinner on first night
  • Half day guided tour of Marrakech medina with entrance fees
  • Private day trip to the High Atlas with lunch and local guide
  • Tour of the city walls and gardens by horse-drawn caleche
  • Departure transfer to Marrakech airport
Excluded Flights; any other drinks, meals, entrance fees not specified; travel insurance; tips and items of a personal nature.
Financial Protection Riad Africa is a trading name of Specialist Destinations Ltd. As Specialist Destinations is a fully bonded member of the Travel Trust Association (TTA) all package prices include TTA supplier failure insurance cover and safe seat plan insurance to ensure your monies are 100% secure when booking through us.
Travel Insurance Travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for all clients. Specialist Destinations’s travel insurance partner is Campbell Irvine, experts in providing insurance specifically tailored to travel in Africa. Call Campbell Irvine on +44 (0)20 7938 1734 or email info@campbellirvine.com.

Additional Nights

Additional nights can be pre-booked at Riad Africa for further time to experience the wonders of Marrakech.

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Over 1500 Riads…. Why Riad Africa?

Great central medina location

Authenticity, charm & tradition

Friendly local staff who care

Sumptuous Moroccan breakfasts

Two dipping pools, one is heated

Local food in courtyard restaurant

Free Wi-Fi coverage throughout

Family friendly rooms & meals

Beautiful roof terrace with views

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